Gertrude Caldwell Legacy Society


YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee has established the Gertrude Caldwell Legacy Society, a planned giving recognition group dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in Nashville. Membership is available to individuals who include the YWCA in their estate plans. Click here to download our brochure.

Gertrude Caldwell Legacy Society

Nashville native Gertrude Caldwell’s dedication to the women, children, and families of Middle Tennessee is unrivaled. From the moment she was invited to join the YWCA Board of Directors in the 1970’s, she has dedicated her energy to the concept that all women in our community should be safe, self-sufficient, and successful.

Long before the crisis of domestic violence was widely acknowledged, Gertrude and the leadership of the YWCA recognized how pervasive this problem was within our own community and began working to address it. The YWCA opened the city’s first domestic violence shelter and added programming for newly divorced women and at-risk girls. When federal funding for these programs was slated to be cut, Gertrude traveled to Washington, D.C. to convince the late Senator Howard Baker and his colleagues to vote for continued funding. She was successful, and the YWCA is now the largest provider of domestic violence services in the region.

For decades as a volunteer, employee, and donor, Gertrude Caldwell has gracefully and quietly championed the cause of the YWCA. We are honored to name our Legacy Society after her, and trust that you will be inspired by her devotion to our cause and join this effort. We are delighted to ensure that the Gertrude Caldwell legacy continues in perpetuity.


We invite you to become a member of the Gertrude Caldwell Legacy Society. The legacy of giving from one generation to another provides a cornerstone to support the life-changing and empowering work of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee.

No matter the size of the gift, which may include bequests, charitable trusts and annuities, life insurance or IRA beneficiary designations, real estate, land, stock, or securities, donors will be remembered as friends and benefactors of the YWCA. As a member of the GCLS, you can be assured that your philanthropy has a real and lasting impact.

Donors to the Gertrude Caldwell Legacy Society may make a gift to the YWCA's general fund or designate their gift to support a specific program.


If you have already included the YWCA in your estate plans or would like more information on designating a planned gift for the YWCA, please contact Cathy Kaiser, Manager of Donor Relations at the YWCA at or 615-983-5146.

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